Fire with Fire

HMH. Jun. 2021. 432p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780358329732.
Gr 9 Up–Sisters Eden and Dani grew up living a double life—swordplay and school, friends and fire. Being a part of a dragon slayer family entails grueling practice, but also lying to anyone who isn’t born into the clan. Eden, who practices diligently, avoided her schoolmates, graduating high school with the basic credits. Dani, who’d rather watch a dragon movie with her friends than actually spend time with a dragon, tries to avoid her pedigree, going to parties and doing anything to live the average teenage life. Dani’s lifestyle of not caring but somehow managing to usurp Eden is infuriating, and Eden’s constant nagging and disdain does little to make Dani stop. But how far will the sisters go to get what they want? In alternating perspectives, this novel explores what self-doubt, manipulation, and bad influences can do. A gripping tale filled with incredible metaphors, fitting pop culture references, and hilarious punchlines, the plot is predictable but the characters are heroic and relatable, making it an enticing read to the end. Eden and Dani’s father is white and their mother is Mexican.
VERDICT The plot will resonate with young teens though the language, violence, and characters skew older.

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